Final Project

Drawing on the inspiration of the German animators, but taking the approach of the cut up re-appropriation of the American underground, I chose to combine found video footage with an audio recording of Algebra Suicide’s “Please Respect Our Decadence”. Lydia Tomkiw’s work has had a huge influence on me, so choosing this song is very much a tribute to her writing and art. The clips have been chosen carefully, with a particular focus on commodity culture, but aren’t meant to tell a strictly linear story.

Final Project Process

Hours 1-2 After some serious frustration, I scrapped my original idea and decided to do something a little different. I drew a lot of inspiration from Hans Richter and Lydia Tomkiw while planning, and decided to draw on the idea of experimental film as an expressive extension of music. I plotted some themes and ideas I wanted to express, and then brainstormed the most effective ways to put them across. After asking myself “WWND?” (what would Negativland do), I decided to re-appropriate video. Hour 3 I had to learn Final Cut since I never used it before. It was actually … Continue reading Final Project Process

Yasunao Tone

Yasunao Tone is an improvisational artist working in sound art. He is incredibly influential on sound art, musique concrete, and noise. He has worked with computers, compact discs, and a variety of other materials, and was a part of the Fluxus movement. I’m a huge fan of Tone, and originally got into his stuff because of his collaboration with Russell Haswell on Editions Mego (one of the best labels in the world, I swear like half of my record collection is on Mego or one of their sub-labels, the GRM reissues are seriously worth their weight in gold). Here is … Continue reading Yasunao Tone

Sabine Gruffat

Sabine Gruffat is a digital artist who is currently teaching at UNC at Chapel Hill. Some of her work focuses on interaction, while other pieces utilize animation, performance, photography etc. Control Panel was one of my absolute favorite pieces that Gruffat created. It uses two Arduinos to create a video/sound synthesizer. This open source mentality is super cool, and reminds me a lot of folks like Cory Arcangel, but with a totally different approach and style. Also, it’s installed a children’s museum. More art needs to be in children’s museums. A Return to The Return to Reason is another incredible piece. While … Continue reading Sabine Gruffat

Marco Brambilla

Marco Brambilla is an artist based out of New York City. He works with found images and large scale video works. He’s received many awards and has work featured in the collections at the Guggenheim and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Wall of Death does great work with sound and repetition. The nauseous, disorienting feeling is really effective in this piece. Flashback (POV) provides a similar disorienting feeling, but the sampled video works really well in context with each clip’s transitions. Visually this is an undeniably impressive work, and the emotional weight is effective as well. Cathedral is even more overwhelming, … Continue reading Marco Brambilla

Jodie Mack

Jodie Mack is an animator and filmmaker who attended SAIC and teaches at Dartmouth currently. Her work tells stories, particularly of domestic spaces, and works frequently in 16 mm. I was immediately drawn to Harlequin as it reminded me of Ettore Sottsass trying to make a structural film. The patterns and repetition form a really logical, cohesive theme, which is really great. Two-Hundred Feet is another really excellent piece, and one that I have seen before. I remember really loving the painted beginning of the film when I first saw it, probably because I was getting really into Brakhage at … Continue reading Jodie Mack

Oliver Laric

Oliver Laric is an Austrian-born artist whose work grapples with the notions of ownership, variation, and popular culture. He works in a variety of disciplines, creating videos, physical works, and websites. His 2008 piece, The Lottery in Babylon is a website based work, found at When the viewer enters the website, they are faced with a large image made up of thousands of tiny grains of color. The title is a nod to a story by Jorge Luis Borges. There isn’t much about the piece online, but it appears to be almost randomly generated, which would explain the literary allusion. Songs … Continue reading Oliver Laric

Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist is a filmmaker, video artist, and projection artist. She attended art school in Vienna, and in Basel, and has taught at UCLA. Her work is filled with feminist themes, human sexuality, and a careful (and sometime playful) use of color. Ever is Over All from 1997 is one of her most famous pieces. I saw it in a gallery at one point and quite enjoyed the sound (particularly of the glass), and the overall quirkiness of the piece. The playfulness of it is really interesting, particularly viewed in a gallery amongst other, more “serious” pieces. In some ways it … Continue reading Pipilotti Rist